Ca2+/Sr2+/Ba2+ dependent phase separation, nanocrystallization and photoluminescence in fluoroaluminosilicate glass

Xiuxia Xu, Junjie Zhao, Xiaotong Chen, Qian Xu, Ting Wang, Siu Fung Yu, Xuhui Xu, Xvsheng Qiao, Jincheng Du, Xianping Fan, Jianbei Qiu, Guodong Qian

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Fluoride phase separation is the initial stage of nanocrystallization in oxyfluoride glasses, and it is a key step in achieving transparent glass-ceramics with good luminescence. In this work, we combine molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and experimental studies to investigate the phase separation, nanocrystallization and photoluminescence in fluoroaluminosilicate glass and glass-ceramics containing alkali earth fluoride (MF2). The results reveal different phase separation behaviors due to the field strength difference of M2+. The composition and size similarity between the fluoride-rich regions in the MD simulated glass and the fluoride nanocrystals in the experimental prepared glass-ceramics are observed, suggesting that the separated fluoride phase is the structural origin of the observed MF2 nanocrystals. Besides, in order to understand the M2+ dependent glass structural features, the crystallization temperatures, the luminescent properties of Eu3+ and Eu2+ doped glass-ceramics, and the lasing performance of Er3+ doped glass-ceramics are discussed. Based on these comprehensions, some strategies are proposed to help to efficiently design oxyfluoride glass with desired luminescence performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5796-5807
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number10
Early online date7 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020


  • alkali earth cations
  • crystallization
  • field strength
  • fluoroaluminosilicate glass
  • molecular dynamics simulations
  • phase separation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry

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